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Legal News
14 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Monday, gave the opening statement [transcript] at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in which he addressed, among other pressing human rights issues, the migrant crisis. In his statement, he commended the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Aug 2015
by Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of Ibero-American University

JURIST Guest Columnist Amaury A. Reyes-Torres of the Iberoamerican University (UNIBE) [Spanish] discusses the legal developments of same-sex marriage in Europe... Quite recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered a landmark decision in the protection of rights of same-sex couples under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR): … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A government minister of Tunisia, Kamel Jendoubi, on Saturday announced an increase of 100,000 security personnel to help protect the country from future terrorist attacks. The strengthened security measures [AP report] include doubling the security personnel at tourist sites, such as beaches, hotels and archaeological sites. The increase follows … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Oct 2014
by Stefan Kirchner of University of Lapland

JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland in Finland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for those infected or suspected of … [read more]

Legal News
2 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] During a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, US President Barack Obama condemned [press release] Russia's violation of Ukrainian sovereignty after Russian forces had taken up positions in Ukraine. Earlier that day, Russian lawmakers unanimously authorized [LAT report] the use of armed forces to protect their … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] European countries are violating the human rights of people trying to change their legal gender, forcing these individuals to undergo, among other things, invasive surgery and sterilization in order to change their legal status, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] alleged in a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. Entitled "The … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Sep 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane, of the Syracuse University College of Law, argues that the world should remember the 1930's in crafting a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria ...Appeasement in the face of tyranny never works. Consider the 1930's, when the international community, (and a spineless League of … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

The international response to the crisis in Syria has been mixed since the conflict began in 2011. While Assad maintains some international support, much of the world has condemned his regime's response to the protests against his regime since the early days of the conflict. The UN has attempted to … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] 2012 marked the deadliest year for journalists, with at least 23 professional and 58 citizen journalists killed, according to a report [advocacy website] released Friday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website]. RSF released its annual Press Freedom Index [materials] to coincide with World Press Freedom Day [official website]. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Clare da Silva of Amnesty International argues that the new Arms Trade Treaty shows remarkable progress in the international regulation of arms transactions...On April 2, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a global treaty that applies international legal standards to govern transfers … [read more]

Professional Commentary
21 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Allison Jernow of the International Commission of Jurists argues that recent court decisions reflect inconsistency in weighing marriage equality and religious freedom...Claims that same-sex marriage is on a collision course with religious freedom have dominated the headlines (The New York Times and The Washington Post) in the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Dec 2012

JURIST Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, argues that the effect of an on-going human rights debate in the British Isles and the European Court of Human Rights may have a detrimental effect on the same-sex marriage debate in the UK...In its formal response to the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Allison Jernow of the International Commission of Jurists argues that the international law's perception of public morality is beginning to incorporate various and diverse traditions...In November 2012, the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) undid 30 years of bad law when it issued its views in Irina Fedotova … [read more]

Professional Commentary
14 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Paul Johnson, Anniversary Reader at the University of York, argues that the European Court of Human Rights' recent decision in H. v. Finland is a predictable and disappointing step taken against the rights of same-sex couples...The European Court of Human Rights ("the court") has taken another decisive … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Oct 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that, in order to counter China's attempts to expand its maritime jurisdiction, the US must become a party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea...US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her diplomatic hat handed … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The United Nations held the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law [official website] Monday and released the outcome document [text, PDF] prepared by the meeting. The meeting was attended by the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, the President of the International Court … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UK High Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday ruled [Judgment, PDF] that retaining photographs and other materials of an innocent suspect should be prohibited. The two-judge panel in London's High Court held that the current policy of the Metropolitan Police Service (MET) [official website] unjustifiably interfered [Guardian … [read more]

Student Commentary
29 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Ann Eisenberg, Cornell University Law School Class of 2012, is an Articles and Symposium Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal. She questions whether EU membership is the best decision for Croatia given the current debt crisis...By the time Croatia joins the EU on July 1, 2013, … [read more]

Legal News
27 Apr 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 248-168 [roll call] Thursday to approve a controversial cybersecurity bill that would allow private companies and the federal government to exchange private security information, despite the threat of a presidential veto. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) [HR 3523 … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Mali signed an agreement [press release] Friday with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to become the first African country to agree to enforce the ICC's sentences of imprisonment. Article 103 of the Rome Statute [text], which governs the ICC, states that "[a] sentence of imprisonment shall be … [read more]

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